One morning before taking my little ones to school I was fixing their breakfast as usual and my daughter who is 5 approached me and asked for a Danimals yogurt. She and my older son age 4 love Danimals yogurt. I told her she would receive a yogurt in just a moment after I finished preparing her breakfast. Immediately after I gave her my answer she got upset. I asked her if she listened to what I said. I repeated that I was going to give her the yogurt when I was finished preparing her breakfast. I informed her that I was going to give her a yogurt, so there was no need to get upset but she rebutted with ” aww I waited too long “. She only had to wait for approximately 4 mins but to her it was an eternity. I have a greater insight into the concept of time, so I knew in reality she only waited a short while. She was not interested in the fact that I was preparing her a nutritious breakfast that would sustain her and help her to grow. All she was concerned about in that moment was retrieving her yummy yogurt treat.Our interaction reminded me of how we interact with God sometimes. There are times we may bemoan God’s process of maturity for our lives and demand our desired outcome/treat now! We want dessert (our version of success) before or without ever having our nutrition (time of development). Successes are fun and can give us a spark of joy and they are a blessing, but they hardly provide us with the nutrition we need to be sustained and to grow. Our time of Godly development will produce fruit that will long outlast the fruition of our goals coming to pass.
You may be at a place in life in which you feel stuck in a rut or that you are not progressing as much and as fast as you desire but be encouraged. As long as you hold on to God’s unchanging hand and follow his guidance you will reach the expected end, he has for you in his perfect timing. It may feel like it is taking forever but God has a deeper insight into the concept of time, and he knows that our time of waiting is but for a short while in light of eternity. Even though it may not feel like it, the time spent in development is a loving blessing from God. God’s maturation process will help us grow more into the beautiful image of his son Jesus Christ which is far more valuable than any earthly good or experience.
Philippians 1:6 (NLT)
And I am certain that God, who began the good work
within you, will continue his work until it is finally
finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Psalm 92:12-15 (NIV)
12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
13 planted in the house of the Lord,
they will flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green,
15 proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;
he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
Thank you, Lord for gifting us with your appointed time of development. Please give us the grace to be hopeful, patient and compliant while you prepare us for your ordained purpose for our lives.